Posh Red { Our Front Door Updated }

Monday, April 19, 2010

Last month I shared with you our plans to pretty up our front porch including painting our front door. Last month we also stopped in Lowes and looked at some red paint chips trying to decide what would look best on our house. We had four contenders to choose from. After looking at the paint chips attached to our home, we agreed Posh Red was the color that would look prefect. It was also to cool to know that most of the comments we received agreed Posh Red was the perfect color.

Saturday morning we stopped in Lowes got the mixed in semi gloss and also got a quart of tinted primer. Using a tinted primer is a must when using bright colors { reds, yellows, deep blues } because your the paint color will be a more true color and you'll have less coats of paint to apply. It was so scary applying the first coat of paint, because the paint looked like fuchsia finger nail polish, not the look we wanted!

Mr. CLH and I had a awkward conversation about the first coat of paint, that went on looking crazy.

Husband: I'm scared, I hate the color
Wife: It's going to look nice
H: It looks like fingernail polish, and you picked the color
W: We both agreed on the color, do you trust me? (thinking, it does look like fingernail polish, that girl better have mixed the color right!)
H: This will be the biggest, I trust you ever
W: You'll like, trust me. Let's get back to painting

Here's how our front door looked before we painted. Our 'old' front door blended in with our house.

The lower portion of our front door receives alot of sun and was badly sun damaged. In fact the majority of the varnish was completed gone from the bottom door. In addition to the sun damage, there was scribbles on our door.

Since we like the style of the front door, and update with perfect. I'm am so Glad we went with a bright and cheery color for our front door it makes a huge impact when your walking up to our house now or just driving by. Here's our front door now.

I love how our red front door pops out from our gray house, its a great compliment. Our entryway feels much more inviting .

Here's what we did, to get to our after.


1. I cleaned the door with mild soap and water and let dry, making sure to get all the dust and dirt off the front door for a smooth paint application

2. Next I lightly sanded the door making sure to remove the top layer of varnish that was left, then I wiped away all the dust. Then tape off the glass portion of the window and taped the door knobs.

Prime & Caulk

1. As I mentioned before we used a tinted water based primer. I primed the door panes first which makes the painting go super fast using a sponge brush. Then I applied the remainder of the primer using a mini sponge roller. The primer dried within 30 mins

2. Since the bottom portion of the door was badly sun damaged we filled in the minor cracks with paintable caulk. The caulk hid all the door flaws. We used fast drying caulk which dried in 45 mins, so after the caulk was dried we lightly sanded the door again.

3. We applied a second coat of primer in the steps mention above.


1. We painting the front door using a paint brush for the door panes and a mini sponge roller for the rest of the door. I applied three thin coats of paint, allowing each coat to dry 6 hours. Red is one of those colors, were the more coats the pretty and more true the color becomes.It was a nice and hot weekend, which help speed of the drying time. We started painting the front door on Saturday morning and finished on Sunday afternoon.

Fuchsia fingernail polish, yikes!

Still looks funky. I had to remind my self and my husband many time, the paint will dry pretty

2. Stand back and be proud of your work, you just upped the curb appeal!

Budget Breakdown:

1 Quart Valspar Posh Red $ 12.48
1 Quart Valspar Tintable Primer $ 8.47
Sponge Roller - hand on hand
Brush - Hand on Hand

$ 20.95 for our door update, but we had a gift card for $ 25.00 to Lowes so it was a FREE update! Next up I'll be adding more color to our front porch (flowers, potted plants and more)

How do you like our Posh Red, front door update, is it a bright addition our house? Are you planning a door makeover soon? What colors are you considering?



  1. Super! Such a wonderful transformation. It looks so warm and inviting and makes you want to know the people who live there!

    p.s. the conversation between you too cracked me up. it sounds oh so familiar!

  2. It's like night and day! GREAT transformation!

  3. I always say, that paint does wonders. Makes the whole house look entirely different.

  4. It's the perfect red! You can't beat that free upgrade!!

  5. It looks great, I love the color! We recently also painted our front door red, actually the color is called "Cranberry Ice" - it's a very similar color to you Posh Red! It's amazing how much the new paint makes such a difference in our the house looks. Every time we pull up, I'm still pleasantly surprised by our door :-)

  6. You were right to stick with it, it looks great! Your husband is a brave man, I think mine would have been scared away by the initial fingernail polish look. :) Love the update!

  7. I love that shade of red. It looks great!

  8. Liz, those first few rolls with the mini roller bursh were so scary!

  9. It looks fantastic! I love it with the grey of your house. Great combo!

  10. Love it, glad the fuschia didn't scare you too much!

  11. I think your door looks great red! Our door is a hunter green and we are going to keep it green but it definitely could use a new coat of paint. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier :)

  12. It's great! I love how it's not a traditional dark red that you see everywhere. Funny how paint colors look so different going on than they do dry.

  13. Oh it looks so goooood!! Perfect color choice :)

  14. great. i love the look...goes with your home.

  15. I LOVE it! Perfect color for a blue home! My hubby gives me a hard time about my paint choices also!

  16. It looks absolutely brilliant, but I can understand why Mr CLH might have been a bit perplexed at first!

  17. I crazy love this! I'm painting my door this week too! Oh yeah, I'm painting it red too!!!

  18. I love red front doors and yours came out so fab! You are right about the nail polish looking color though.....glad he trusted you!

  19. L. Dincan - Can't wait to see your new front door, remember don't be scared off if it looks like nail polish at first :)

  20. Great job! I think the color a great choice. You really added instant curb appeal to your home.

  21. "House Notes" had a link to your site and I'm glad I came to visit. Just love!!! your red door. Really adds umpff to your house -- great curb appeal. They will come in handy when I paint my door.


  22. I love your door color! We are remodeling and with a gray house I decided on red also for our door - Behr Candy Apple. Husband is definitely not bought into the concept yet. I'm going to show him how fabulous your door looks.

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